The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade impressed assistant coach Angus McClure enough to warrant his first scholarship offer.
"It felt great. I've always loved UCLA and it has always been up there on my list," Irving told Scout.com. "Coach Angus is already a great mentor and he told me I could be a big, powerful part of their defense with my athleticism and ability. He showed me to keep my pad level low and how to use leverage against my opponent. It was all very productive."
Irving said he felt a family vibe on campus despite not getting to meet with head coach Jim Mora.
"They are one big family with players coming down to help out," Irving said. "My friend, Kanan Ray, is committed there and he's been telling me that UCLA is a great school and that I would fit in well there.
"The Bruins are way up there for me. I don't know yet when I want to make a decision. I'm looking to wait it out and see how I do this upcoming season."
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